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Illinois State Court Holds Oral Argument on Whether to Remove Libertarian Statewide Slate from Ballot (September 18, 2014, 04:41 AM)

On September 17, a trial state court in Springfield, Illinois, held a hearing in the case filed by Republican Party challengers to the statewide Libertarian Party slate. See this story. Thanks to Robert Kraus for the link.

Buzzfeed Article Says Jon Huntsman Thinking About Independent Presidential Bid in 2016 (September 17, 2014, 06:05 AM)

Buzzsmart says there is some reason to believe that former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is mulling over running for president in 2016 as an independent. Huntsman, for a few weeks in late 2011, had made up his mind to seek the Americans Elect nomination for president in 2012, but then he changed his mind. See


Associated Press Comprehensive Story on Minor Party Ballot Access in Tennessee (September 16, 2014, 02:37 PM)

This Associated Press article by AP reporter Travis Loller gives an unusually comprehensive account of Tennessee’s history of hostility toward minor parties. It also reveals that there is still no decision on whether the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Governor this year will be on with the ballot label “independent” or “Libertarian.”

Arizona Independents Mostly Chose to Vote in Republican Primary (September 16, 2014, 02:18 PM)

Arizona has semi-closed primaries, which means that independents can choose any party’s primary ballot, but party members are confined to voting in the primary of their own party. According to this story, last month, 70% of the independent voters who chose a partisan ballot chose a Republican ballot. The article does not say what percentage


Virginia Libertarian Lawsuit on Ballot Order Survives State?s Motion to Dismiss (September 16, 2014, 10:24 AM)

On September 15, U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Payne denied Virginia’s request to dismiss the Libertarian Party’s lawsuit challenging Virginia’s law on the order of candidates on general election ballots. The law says the nominees of the qualified parties always have the top spots on the ballot. There will be another hearing on October


Kansas Poll Shows Independent Candidate for U.S. Senate Leading (September 16, 2014, 09:59 AM)

On September 16, Public Policy Polling released a poll for several races in Kansas. The results for U.S. Senate are: independent Greg Orman 41%; Republican incumbent Pat Roberts 34%; Democrat Chad Taylor 6%; Libertarian Randall Batson 4%; undecided 15%. See here for the full results, including gubernatorial results that show the Libertarian at 7%. If


New Jersey Voters Who Oppose Partisan Primaries File Appeal (September 16, 2014, 09:43 AM)

On September 9, the plaintiffs in Balsam v Guadagno filed a notice of appeal to the Third Circuit. This is the case in which some New Jersey voters argue that the U.S. Constitution does not permit governments to pay for the expenses of partisan primaries. In the Third Circuit the case is 14-3882. The U.S.


Kansas Supreme Court Web Page Allows Anyone to Hear Today?s Election Law Oral Argument (September 16, 2014, 09:37 AM)

On September 16, the Kansas Supreme Court will hear the case over whether the Democratic Party may withdraw its nominee for U.S. Senate, Chad Taylor. The oral argument starts at 9 a.m. Kansas (central) time. Anyone may hear the oral argument online at This is an important case for those who believe in the


U.S. District Court Refuses to Order California to Show Write-In Space on Ballots (September 16, 2014, 09:23 AM)

On September 4, U.S. District Court Judge David Carter refused to require California to show write-in space on ballots for the November 2014 election. Milonopoulos v Bowen, central district, 2:14cv-5973. The denial of injunctive relief is mostly based on the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision Burdick v Takushi, which upheld Hawaii’s ban on write-in space


California Political Analyst Joe Mathews Writes on Oregon Top-Two Initiative Campaign (September 16, 2014, 08:06 AM)

Joe Mathews of California has this Fox & Hounds commentary on the Oregon initiative for a top-two primary, and the effect of the Oregon Citizens Review process.

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